What New Year’s Eve on board looks like

For cabin crew, having to work on some public holidays is part of the job. Aircraft take to the skies all over the world each and every day, including public holidays. Of course, most of us would prefer to be at home with our families celebrating special times, but it’s part of the job and we know that our passengers on board feel much the same. You can get pretty lonely travelling solo during the festive season. This is how we make flying more fun during these special days:

1. We make the flight extra special

In our capacity as the crew, we try to make these moments extra special. It creates an exceptional atmosphere and puts a smile on many a face. When it’s King’s Day in the Netherlands, for example, we celebrate by serving an orange treat to passengers when they board.

2. Exceptional chats

I’ve had the most wonderful and valuable chats on board during public holidays, partly because travelling at such creates something of a bond. Some people live far from their loved ones and have to travel great distances to celebrate the festive season at home. I vividly recall one lady from Toronto, who was flying to the Netherlands on Christmas day because her first grandchild had been born. She was so happy and proud!

3. Special catering!

Being on board at New Year is actually a strange experience: because the hour comes unexpectedly, flying high over the ocean or a desert. On board, when flying through the dateline we’ll have a special treat. Catering Services makes sure there’s champagne on board for our passengers travelling on these flights. As the clock strikes 12, the purser (or captain) makes an announcement and cabin crew serve champagne, to raise a toast in celebration of the New Year. The crew sip an alcohol-free alternative of course, as we never drink while working on board. Raising a glass together is truly a special moment, because it’s as if you’re wishing everyone a New Year from your elevated position!

Even if you’re not too keen on celebrating such occasions for personal reasons, it isn’t a problem: you too are welcome on board.

It’s especially nice to get home after such travels. Often I simply celebrate a belated Christmas Day or early New Year. Let’s be honest, as long as you’re surrounded by friends or family, it doesn’t really matter which day you choose.

Did you know… That we sometimes surprise passengers on board on your birthday? If we get a heads-up before the flight, letting us know that certain passengers have something special to celebrate, such as their honeymoon, we always make an effort. Never miss the chance to tell us! Who knows, we may just put you in the spotlight.

Happy Holidays!

KLM 2020

Posted by:   Selma Hoving  | 
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Vorig jaar (2017) was ik jarig op mijn vlucht naar London en ik kreeg een flesje Champagne, een mok met felictaties van de crew en lekkere snacks in de mok en kaartje ook met felictaties van de crew.

Paula van der Woude-Nobel

Ik vroeg mij al af of wij oliebollen/champagne krijgen a.s. maandag 31 december 2018 op onze vlucht naar Bangkok en die vraag is nu al voor een deel beantwoord!! Wat en leuk initiatief!

Anton Fresen

Vrienden van mij zitten momenteel in de vliegtuig KL810 van Jakarta teru naar Nederland. Zal vast een geweldige ervaring zijn.
Een goede 2018 vlucht jaar voor KLM 🥂


I can definitely confirm that KLM ( both, the team in the cabin and the team in the lounge) were great on our honeymoon. We love flying with KLM and I would love to fly for KLM :)

Tars van den Broek

En of men bij KLM attent is….. 7 April 2019: Nadat we amper 10 minuten op de terugweg naar Amsterdam waren vanaf Taipei sloeg de klok 12 en was mijn vrouw jarig. Zonder dat we iets gemeld hadden kwam een alleraardigste stewardess met 2 glaasjes champagne, wat borrelnootjes, een porseleinen grachtenhuisje en een kaart met de felicitaties van de complete crew. Zo’n mooi gebaar, zo onverwacht en daardoor zo bijzonder!

Ron van Rooijen

Sorry, but never noticed this an our flights in the past years. When I’m flying back on New year’s eve from yyz to AMS.
We will see of this wil change this year. Cause tomorrow local Time 18hour we will fly back to Holland. From yyz to ams

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